I recently purchased a leappad 2 in the States and brought it home to Italy where I live as an expat. My kids love the leap pad, but downloading new apps is a nightmare. First, you have to but the downloadable code to have a credit for making purchases (and its really hard to find them on the website). Since I have a US credit card I have to purchase the US download card, rather than a European one. Then, when I open my leap pad connect function, I have to change the country to the US for my download code to work (that took about 30 minutes to figure out). Once I finally get the code accepted I can purchase apps, but at least 80% of the apps are blocked because I am using a US credit from an Italian IP address. My kids are so frustrated that we can't get the apps they want.
In short, while the unit is great, I would only recommend it in America - elsewhere it is too difficult to manage the downloads.